A boat went up in flames on the Fitzroy River near Rockhampton this morning. Photo supplied.
A boat went up in flames on the Fitzroy River near Rockhampton this morning. Photo supplied.

BOAT EXPLOSION: Five people, including two kids suffer burns

2.30PM: TWO children and an adult have been taken to Rockhampton Hospital with "superficial burns" following a boat explosion on the Fitzroy River this morning.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 11.30am.

The boat is believed to have caught fire two kilometres up the river and the occupants on the boat were rescued by a passing boat and taken to boat ramp at the Ski Gardens.

Fire crews and police are now investigating the incident.

Paramedics at the scene of the incident.
Paramedics at the scene of the incident. JANN HOULEY

11.45AM: SEVERAL people have suffered burns after a boat exploded on the Fitzroy River near Rockhampton this morning.

All occupants, believed to be five people, were rescued from the boat upstream of the Ski Gardens and taken back to the boat ramp there, where they were treated by paramedics.

The boat was reportedly near the pump station at Six Mile when the incident occurred, about two kilometres from the Ski Gardens boat ramp.

The vessel was fully engulfed and is reported to have been destroyed.

It was initially thought it would sink to the bottom of the river, but it has since been located by fire crews on the bank.

The boat was destroyed after it went up in flames on Rockhampton's Fitzroy River this morning.
The boat was destroyed after it went up in flames on Rockhampton's Fitzroy River this morning.

It is believed the fuel tank may have exploded.

Three people were taken to Rockhampton Hospital via ambulance.


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